How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.

 

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How Do I Stop My Joints From Aching?

Do you wake up in the morning feeling sore and achy? Or do you get home from a long day of work and want to do nothing but sit on the couch and watch TV because your wrists, knees or back hurt too much to do anything else? You are not alone! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults in the United States suffers from arthritis or chronic joint pain, and almost everybody experiences joint pain at some point in their lifetime.

5 Ways to Prevent Aching Joints

1.Find out what is causing the pain. Joint pain can be caused by a number of different factors, such as overuse, sprains, improper exercise form, osteoporosis, tendonitis or arthritis. Do you know what is causing your pain? Pay attention to when you notice the pain occurring and record it in a journal. If you are unable to determine the cause of the pain on your own, make an appointment to see your family doctor.

2.Treat your muscle and joint pain properly. Try using the ice therapy method: apply an ice pack on the affected area every hour for 15 minutes at a time. To avoid ice burns, do not apply the ice directly to the skin, but instead wrap the ice in a towel and then place on the affected area. Do this for a few days. You can also try using ibuprofen to reduce swelling and joint pain.

3.Include antioxidants in your diet. A couple natural substances, such as Vitamin C, are said to be effective in preventing sore muscles and joint pain. Check with your doctor before taking high doses of any vitamin. You can also try using other natural mixtures such as herbal teas to prevent or reduce joint pain.

4.Try physical therapy. Physical therapists specialize in human movement and will be able to help you determine how to navigate in order to reduce or avoid your pain. They can also show you exercises that can relieve pain. Your muscles may just need more movement in order to regain strength and create healthier joints.

5.Rest. Do not overwork your muscles and joints. Sometimes all your body needs is a little TLC: “Tender Loving Care.” Give your joints time to relax. This will help restore energy and give your body the opportunity to repair itself naturally. Do not over-demand your body to do something it is not capable of.

We hope these tips help relieve your joint pain and restore your desire and ability to be active again! Are you or a senior loved one experiencing pain from aching joints? Check out our line of pain management products or call us at 419.678.4979 today!

 

 

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/art-sore-muscles-joint-pain?page=1

http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-relieve-and-prevent-joint-pain

http://www.newportnaturalhealth.com/2012/02/6-simple-steps-to-alleviate-joint-pain/

You Can’t Get Out of the Car…Now What?

Basic moves such as getting out of chairs, beds and even cars can become a common issue as seniors begin to age. If your senior is unable to get out of the car on his or her own when traveling to holiday parties, the grocery store or doctor appointments it can be frustrating and difficult for the both of you. Mobility issues can easily become a major concern and should be properly addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent serious injury in your senior.

3 Reasons for Mobility Issues

Here are 3 reasons your senior may have mobility issues when getting in and out of the car and how you can help:

1.Arthritis Pain. One of the most common, and also most painful, conditions as one ages is the development of arthritis in the hands, wrists, knees, ankles and other various body parts. Developing arthritis can cause your senior to feel pain and stiffness in their body over time. This in turn can prevent them from participating in daily activities with ease.

2.Trouble with Balance. There are a number of changes that occur as one ages, and balance declination ranks fairly high on the list. This is due to a number of things such as decreased ability to focus, blood pressure dips and the decline of the vestibular system that controls our balance. As seniors age, many health problems can interfere with their balance, increasing their risk for falls. Try talking to your senior about getting a cane or walker to help keep them steady.

3.Loss of Strength. As people age their skeletal muscle mass slowly begins to deteriorate, causing what were once simple tasks to become more challenging. If your senior is struggling to get in and out of the car, try inserting an “assist grab bar” into any vehicle your senior may be riding in. This will help them to pull themselves up and out of the car, making it much easier on their bodies and decreasing their risk of falling.

Not only will paying attention to the mobility issues listed above help your senior get in and out of the car better, but it will also help them in other aspects of their life such as getting in and out of the living room chair, moving around the house and helping them navigate through the crowded halls at their grandchildren’s sporting events. Consider getting grab assist bars to place not only in your aging senior’s car, but also in and outside of their shower to prevent falls from the slippery environment in the bathroom.

Is your senior experiencing mobility issues and need more assistance? Check out our products page to see what we have to offer or stop in today to try out our stair lifts–we are offering $150 off the purchase of any stair lift this month!

My Fingers Hurt Everyday! Why?

Pain shown in fingersAs we age, many times we feel tenderness in our hands, wrists, and fingers. What is happening? Oftentimes this is a sign of arthritis and you will need to get medical attention. However, how do you alleviate the pain? What are signs something is wrong, and it is not just a bruise or temporary soreness?

Symptoms of Arthritis Pain

  •             Pain in some or all your joints, fingers, and wrists
  •             Growing bony knots on your fingers or joints
  •             Numbness in fingers
  •             Swollen, red or hot joints
  •             Fingers begin to look like swollen sausages
  •             Difficulty doing everyday tasks like opening a jar or gripping a can

The above signs are symptoms to a bigger problem with your aching hands and that you might have the beginning stages of arthritis. How can you move forward and do your normal daily tasks? If you are having pain it is time to explore options to alleviate the pain.

Methods to Alleviate Arthritis Pain

There is no one way to deal with pain in your fingers, hands, and wrists, but you can try several things that will help and see what works the best for you. As always, the best medicine is to stay active as long as you can to keep your body running like a smooth machine. This is not always an easy task, but one that is forever rewarding.

  • Shoulder lifts, stretching your fingers, and rotating your wrists can be a big factor in alleviating arthritic pain.
  • Rotating your thumbs in a circular motion is also beneficial as will making a fist and stretching your hand a few times each day.
  • Keep a rigorous activity in your life. Exercising benefits your overall health everyday. Typically those with arthritis seem to have less pain with overall activity in their daily routine
  • Alternative methods of pain relief like LaserTouchOne

Recently, a customer in her middle 40s stopped by the store and stated her fingers were just sore. She mentioned that it was not all the time, and she thought she was too young to develop arthritis. However, I told her we had the LaserTouchOne to help alleviate pain, and it would be great for her fingers. She was skeptical that a device would actually make her fingers feel better. I told her to just try it for a few days at home. She finally decided okay. She took the LaserTouchOne home and was very surprised how well it helped. She came back and bought one, and it has really alleviated her finger pain. Not only has the pain subsided, but now she is more active and can do more knitting because her hands don’t hurt.

 

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try the LaserTouchOne for any of your pain issues.

We also are offering $150.00 off stairlifts and instock scooters to help you with your holiday planning! Stop in now and see what we have as the holiday season is approaching!